Here is the step by step on how to make homemade Galunggong (Mackerel) Sardines . You can also use Bangus or Tamban Fish if desired.

You need:
  • 2 lbs mackerel, cleaned and pat dry
  • 1 large carrot, cut round
  • 6 pcs sweet pickles, cut in halves
  • 6 pcs bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon whole pepper corn
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 3 cups water
  • Sugar, salt and ground black  pepper  to taste
  • Chili powder (optional) to taste
*Pressure Cooker*

Cooking Direction:
  1. Pour olive oil and arrange the fish in the pressure cooker.
  2. Top the fish with the peppercorns, pickles, carrots and bay leaves.
  3. Using a deep bowl mix tomato sauce, water, salt, sugar and ground pepper.
  4. Pour the mixture to cover the fish.
  5. Sprinkle some chili powder if desired.
  6. Cover pressure cooker and bring to a boil until steam flows out of the vent.
  7. Allow it to cook for at least an hour in low heat.
  8. Check after 30 minutes making sure you are not over cooking your sardines.
  9. Allow to cool before opening the pressure cooker, transfer the cooked sardines in a serving dish and serve hot.
Happy Cooking and Enjoy Eating!


  1. Is the cooking time really an hour in the pressure cooker? Seems too long.

  2. Hi Succulent Mama,
    Yes I timed it for an hour in medium low heat to cook slow making sure the sauce absorb well and won't dry fast. It worked on this recipe. All the fish bones turns really soft and edible .
    You can try 30 minutes and check if that is good enough. You can always add more minute if you want.

  3. Hi can I use milkfish also?thanks

  4. Hi can I use milkfish also?thanks

  5. Hi Kyle, yes you can. You can search this blog for bangus sardines for step by step direction.

  6. How about fresh tomatoes instead of ready made tomato sauce?

  7. Hi Vynnze, i am not about using fresh tomato. U will need the tomato sauce to make your sardines saucy, unless u make a puree out of the fresh tomato without the seeds.


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